Mpulungu port is situated on the southern tip of Lake Tanganyika, in the Northern Province of Zambia. The port was built in 1930 before Zambia gained its independence. It operated as a fishing berth. Post-independence, the port was used mainly as an alternative storage facility for fuel imported through East Africa and supplied to the Northern part of Zambia. In 1977, the port started handling exports to the Great Lakes Region.
The port is managed by Mpulungu Harbour Corporation Ltd, a company registered in 1988 and wholly owned by the government of the Republic of Zambia. The company was established to acquire, maintain and operate Mpulungu Harbour and any other harbours in Zambia and in any other part of the world; to act as carriers of passengers, goods of any nature as shipping, chartering, forwarding and transport agents; stevedores, proprietors of warehouses; to purchase, construct, sell, hire or let ships and vessels, among other objects.
In 2015 the Government of the Republic of Zambia transferred its shareholding to the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). The Industrial Development Corporation integrates all state owned enterprises and has the mandate to strengthen Zambia’s industrial base and to spearhead the government’s job creation agenda.
The Harbour is an iconic and integral facility to transforming Mpulungu District into a Port –City Town, in that, more than 65 percent of the Great Lakes region trade is driven by MHCL each year. MHCL strategic location is surrounded by Archeological sites, Water falls, National parks, Bays, and Islands, all naturally close to each other to optimize the satisfaction of all the region’s potential international and local tourists and visitors.
In the immediate future, MHCL guided by its mission, strives to realize the “blue economy” benefits by modernizing its infrastructure and introduce superstructures to eliminate Port operational inefficiencies and add to the attractiveness of the Port and the region at large.
The objective is to make MHCL equipped with Port appropriate equipment and infrastructure and to be managed by professionally qualified personnel who will constantly seek innovative means to improve and maintain high productivity and quality services at competitive rates. To achieve this, MCHL is utilizing both in and open innovations initiatives for its continuous improvement policy.